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President George W. Bush on the issues
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"PATRIOT ACT: Backs extending 2001 law that expanded government's power to detain, search and monitor people targeted in terrorist probes. Would expand law to give federal law enforcement agents power to issue administrative subpoenas to seize records quickly, to ban bail for terrorist suspects, and to expand application of death penalty in terrorism cases. Supreme Court rulings earlier this year rejected administration's sweeping denial of due-process rights for detainees accused of complicity in terrorist activities." ...

"GUNS: Backs bill to prevent victims of handgun violence from suing gun manufacturers. Favors renewal of federal assault-weapons ban. Supports requiring background checks for people buying guns at gun shows."
 

Bush and McCain mount yet another attack on the First Amendment
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And you think Bush will protect our gun rights?

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"President Bush yesterday joined forces with Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, to mount legal and legislative challenges to third-party attack ads, including those that question Sen. John Kerry's Vietnam record." ...

"...the president wants to stop the ads, along with other spots by third-party groups, known as 527s because of their tax designation. Yesterday, he telephoned Mr. McCain, a former Vietnam prisoner of war, from Air Force One and enlisted him in a planned lawsuit to force the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) to quash the ads."

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First we had the Incumbent Protection Act, disingenuously named "Campaign Finance Reform."

Now the assault on your First Amendment rights continues.
 

Crucial voters group unhappy with both major party candidates
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"There are only about 2.6 million of them, but they could hold the future of the nation in their hands."

"They are undecided voters juggling whether they'll opt for George W. Bush or John Kerry. If this year's election is as close as expected, they are likely to decide it." ...

"Polled were 501 people who said they were likely to vote but were undecided or persuadable. Of them, 54.7 percent are men, 60.2 percent are married and 79.5 percent are white. Just 12.9 percent are NASCAR fans."

"They tend to be more educated than most voters..." ...

"...more are pro-gun than for gun control, 49.8 to 32.4 percent; 19 percent favor gay marriage, 36 percent favor civil unions and 38 percent favor a ban."
 

John Caldara: Pistols and rifles and cans, oh, my!
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"The so-called assault-weapons ban is about to sunset. About time."

"It was one of the goofiest gun laws on the books. It outlawed guns because they look mean — the perfect law for a superficial world."

"The assault-weapons ban was racial profiling for guns."

"Before we start, you should know I used to be like you when it came to firearms. I had a religious-like hatred of guns. In fact, I was a member of the anti-gun organization Handgun Control Inc." ...

"The very term 'assault weapon' is a politically manufactured term made to emotionalize a certain look of a gun. What is an assault riffle? Emotionalists answer that the same way social conservatives define pornography: I know it when I see it." ...

"If you still have to outlaw something that looks nasty, ban Ted Kennedy."

Email him to thank him for a well-written article. JonCaldara@yahoo.com
 

Legal Community Less Trusting of FBI Bullet ID Evidence
Submitted by: Tom Glass
Website: http://www.rule-of-law.info

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The ABA (American Bar Association) Journal discusses recent studies that question how the FBI has used the evidentiary technique called Comparative Bullet Lead Analysis.

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"Ronnie Lee Bowling is on Kentucky’s death row for two murders he claims he didn’t commit. And one of the things that helped put him there was the testimony of an FBI laboratory examiner who said he had 'matched' several bullets recovered from the bodies of the two victims to a box of unspent cartridges found in Bowling’s mobile home."

"There was no other physical evidence tying Bowling to the crimes—no DNA, no fingerprints, no blood, no hair or fibers, no gunshot residue."

"In fact, the only direct evidence of Bowling’s guilt was the FBI examiner’s testimony about the matching bullets and the word of a police informant who testified that Bowling had confessed to the two murders while they were housed together in the same jail."

"Bowling contends that he never even spoke to the informant, who had struck a deal with prosecutors to trade testimony in Bowling’s state trial in exchange for a favorable disposition of the federal mail fraud charges then pending against him."

"And now the FBI examiner’s testimony in the case is being called into question by a recent study that raises serious doubts about the validity of the agency’s so-called comparative bullet-lead-analysis evidence."
 

Many child deaths caused by drowning
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"The Center for Disease control reports that accidents involving water result in more deaths of children than firearms. About half of all aquatic accidents happen in swimming pools."

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The recommendations to reduce drowning accidents include knowing how to swim, swimming in supervised areas and obeying posted signs. Nowhere do you see calls for swimming bans "for the children." And yet, many of the same doctors who prescribe education as a panacea for drownings, are insisting that gun bans are a way to reduce firearms deaths.
 

CA: Governor, Reconsider Gun Violence Bill Veto
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"The menacing gaze of Arnold Schwarzenegger wrapped in Terminator sunglasses assaulted us again as we headed home on the westbound Hollywood Freeway. ..."

"But this time the sinister image appeared especially threatening because we had just learned that the Terminator-turned-governor had vetoed SB 1177, a bill that would have encouraged California high schools to consider adding gun violence prevention education to the curriculum of health classes — a bill we had personally lobbied the Legislature to pass."

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Translation: We're upset that our childhood indoctrination pet legislation didn't pass muster.
 

CA: Willits teenager rejects offer to buy handguns
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"A paralyzed Willits teenager who unsuccessfully bid 505-thousand dollars for a bankrupt Southern California gun factory has rejected an offer to buy its guns for much less."

"17-year-old Brandon Maxfield wanted to buy Bryco Arms to obtain its 70-thousand unassembled guns and destroy them. He says he wanted to prevent another child from being injured or killed by a cheap handgun like the one that left him quadriplegic ten years ago."

"But Maxfield has refused an offer from the company's new owner to buy the guns for 350-thousand dollars. ..."
 

IN: Gun fans split on weapon ban
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"The recent killing of an Indianapolis police officer with an assault-style weapon has left some gun enthusiasts split over whether those types of weapons should be banned."

"Some gave their opinions as they arrived Saturday at Exposition Hall at the Indiana State Fairgrounds to attend a gun show."

" 'It really upsets me when a policeman gets killed,' Pete Avenatti, of Clinton..."

"As for a ban on assault-style weapons, Avenatti, who owns a number of firearms, including an M-16, said, 'I'm kind of split on it. I think they ought to be a little more critical of who they are selling them to.' But he said he wonders sometimes whether all guns should be banned. ..."
 

IN: Right to keep, bear ignorance
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"What citizen in his right mind needs a machine gun? And for what reason? To defend their home from international terrorists? Gangs? An army of intruders? The secret police?"

"Keyes, who said he owns two handguns himself, then went on to defend his stance by digging up our poor founding fathers, and all Americans' red, white and blue right to keep and bear arms."

KABA Note: Never mind that the right to keep and bear arms and the historical record for the reason for its inclusion in our body of laws is directly related to the Founding Fathers' writings.

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Do email this "columnist" with the facts at jdavich@nwitimes.com, and remind him that there are thousands of legal machine guns in circulation in Indiana already, and no carnage in sight.
 

SC: Gun found at school; 3 juveniles arrested
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"A handgun and a knife were seized and three juveniles were arrested at an Orangeburg school, police said Friday."

"Three William J. Clark Middle School students were arrested Wednesday after police seized a .22-caliber handgun in one incident and a knife in the ensuing search for the handgun, Orangeburg Department of Public Safety Capt. Mike Adams said."

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Boy, those "zero tolerance" victim disarmament laws are doing wonders at keeping firearms out of our schools!
 

OH: Wanted teen breaks park rules/CCW law; shoots self in Columbus park
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"As Ohioans For Concealed Carry has been explaining to stubborn city officials in Clyde, Toledo and other Ohio cities, gun control efforts (including ordinances and signs banning firearms in parks) cannot protect Ohioans from those who care nothing for the rules of our society."

"On the other hand, there is absolutely NO evidence that citizens who are trained and licensed to carry firearms for self-defense present ANY threat to fellow citizens in parks, or anywhere else."
 

AL: Keyes, Obama to speak in city
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"Both men running for the U.S. Senate in Illinois are scheduled to appear in Birmingham, with Republican Alan Keyes appearing Sunday at the Mountaintop Community Church in Vestavia Hills and Democrat Barack Obama attending a fund-raiser Monday at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute." ...

"Keyes has since established residency in Illinois by renting a flat in Calumet City on the south side of Chicago and has torn into Obama for the Democrats' positions on abortion and gun control. Never afraid of an attention-getting stand, Keyes asserted this week that the Constitution guarantees the right to carry machine guns and concealed weapons."
 

MA: In rural California county, concealed guns go with the territory
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"According to state Department of Justice statistics, about one in 29 county residents has a concealed-weapons permit. That compares with one in 800 residents for the rest of the state."

"Modoc County issues almost as many permits as Los Angeles County, which has more than 50 times more people. Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has approved 377 permits, mostly for judges, prosecutors, public defenders, and retired federal agents."

"Modoc County Sheriff Bruce Mix said he feels comfortable with the high number of guns because he knows most of the county's 9,400 residents."
 

FL: Police to distribute "free" gun locks
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"Representatives with Project ChildSafe are distributing free gun locks at police departments in Tequesta, Jupiter Inlet Colony, Juno Beach and Jupiter."

"Project ChildSafe is a national initiative designed to help make homes safer by raising awareness about firearms and responsible firearm ownership. Representatives plan to distribute more than 655,000 gun locks in Florida."

"Officers will hand out locks at departments throughout Palm Beach County until supplies run out."
 

India: Sterilisation for gun permit
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"Five farm labourers were forced to undergo vasectomies by their landlord in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh so he could receive a concession on a gun permit, it was reported on Saturday."

"In Uttar Pradesh, anyone applying for a gun permit has to produce proof that he has invested $1 079 in a state-sponsored savings scheme."

"However, as part of the state's new scheme to promote family planning a person is exempt from this rule if he brings to a state- run health centre five people willing to be sterilised."
 

WI: Congress must act to extend ban on assault weapons (Letter)
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"If the President and the Congress do not act now, the 10-year-old Federal Assault Weapons Ban will expire on September 13. If that happens, these deadly killing machines, semi-automatic military style assault weapons, will return to the streets of America just as our children are returning to school in our community." ...

"Since 1994, the year the Ban went into effect, child and teen deaths from firearms have dropped 50 percent. Overall gun deaths have dropped nearly 25 percent. ..."

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KABA Note: Notice the disingenuous emotionalism. The child and teen deaths statistic this letter cites has nothing to do with "assault" weapons, but it doesn't stop this Brady clone from using the misleading statistic to advance her agenda.
 

TX: Restaurateur: Firefighters Stole Food During Ferris Evacuation
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"A restaurant owner in Ferris says firefighters broke into her taqueria during Thursday's explosion emergency and helped themselves to snacks and drinks. She says when she asked why, police officers threatened to throw her in jail." ...

"Munoz, who must pay for a new door, said that when she challenged the firefighters, it nearly cost her her freedom."

"They told me, 'Get out of here or I'm going to arrest you,' ..."
 

CA: Ghosts are voting to ban .50 rifles in California (Blog)
Submitted by: TriggerFinger
Website: http://www.triggerfinger.org/weblog/

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"The Fifty Caliber Institute is reporting that a ban on .50 caliber rifles passed the California legislature thanks to supernatural intervention. Sort of. Although the bill (AB50) has been voted on repeatedly, resulting in 35-36 votes (two votes short of passage), a practice known as "ghost voting" -- and apparently an open secret in the legislature -- allowed the bill to pass on a revote, after the first vote failed along the usual 35-36 split."
 

NY: Gun locks offered in Project ChildSafe
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"No child in Rensselaer County should ever be accidentally harmed by a firearm in their home."

"That was the message from Rensselaer County Sheriff Jack Mahar Tuesday as he announced plans to promote Project ChildSafe at a press conference at the Public Safety Building on Main Street." ...

"The official kick-off for the program will be at the Schaghticoke Fair next week. The Sheriff's Department will have a booth there and gun locks and safety information will be available. An officer will be on hand to demonstrate the locks."
 

MN: Counties rely on local officers to issue gun permits
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"Most Central Minnesota counties are turning over the issuance of gun permits to local law enforcement agencies."

"That comes after a Ramsey County judge rejected a request to leave the existing permit system in place, causing the law to revert to the old one that allowed police chiefs to issue permits."

"The requirements for obtaining the permits differ slightly with the change. That left several Central Minnesota police departments remembering how to issue the permits -- a role they gave up more than a year ago."
 

IN: "It's one less gun we have to worry about in an accidental shooting"
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"In Indianapolis an effort to make the streets a little safer. Less than two weeks after an Indianapolis man killed one I-P-D officer and wounded four others with one of the weapons he kept at home, police held a gun buyback program."

"People lined up early to drop off their guns. The weapons ranged from handguns to rifles some old some a little newer. Robert Bills turned in five guns, 'we didn't need them around the house and we are getting rid of them.' "

"Indianapolis Police are thankful for the line of cars waiting to get rid of their guns. ..."
 

UK: Toy gun seized in fight
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"Police seized a toy gun and arrested five people following an alleged gang fight in a residential area."

"Officers from Walsall were called to Farringdon Street, Birchills, after members of the public reported battles between youths brandishing weapons were taking place between 8pm and 9pm on Thursday."

"The imitation firearm gun, which fires small plastic balls, was found in a car, which was believed to have been travelling around the area during the disturbance."
 

GA: Clayton teen charged with bringing gun to school
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A Clayton County teenager has been charged with bringing a loaded gun to school.

Police and school authorities confiscated a .358 revolver from a book bag in Antonio Hamm's locker at Mundy's Mill High School on Friday after an anonymous caller alerted them to the weapon, said Capt. Jeff Turner of the Clayton County Police Department.

Hamm, 18, later admitted to bringing the gun to school for protection from gang members, Turner said.

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The school can't protect them, but insists on disarming them. Is there any surprise that these kids are beginning to take steps to defend themselves, with our without nanny state permission?

 

NC: Officer Uses Taser Gun On School Student
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A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer is at the center of a "use of force" investigation. Witnesses say he used a taser gun on a high school student. It happened Friday at Garinger High School. The resource officer used the gun to break up a fight between two students. The principal and several security associates had already tried to stop them, but were unsuccessful. A police captain did tell Eyewitness News the officer who shot the student used the taser gun in accordance with department policy.

 

NE: Commemorative shotgun issued for Hall County
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"Riding shotgun just took on a whole new meaning for local history buffs and gun collectors."

"Investment Arms of Fort Collins, Colo., which issued a Winchester rifle commemorating Hall County four years ago, now offers a limited-edition Hall County shotgun." ...

"But this is no ordinary shotgun. The 12-gauge shotgun is a replica of what was known in the Old West as a 'stagecoach gun,' Nelson said, because of its shorter, 20-inch-long barrels. Each gun is finished using 24-karat gold and jeweler's-grade nickel silver to highlight detailed engravings of conestoga wagons and old-time farming scenes."
 

UK: Riddle of chef's gun death
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"Mystery surrounds a promising young Birmingham chef with everything to live for, who is believed to have shot himself with his father's gun."

"Samuel Chapman, aged 17, was found dead in his parents' home in Hilltop Road, Northfield, on Tuesday."

"An inquest heard that he died from a gunshot wound to the head."
 

PA: Details of guns tied to city crimes
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"The secret ATF report found that the 9mm semiautomatic pistol remained the weapon of choice for criminals here."

"A confidential federal law-enforcement report analyzing the history of 4,852 firearms seized by Philadelphia police in 2003 shows that 175 guns were taken from youths under 18, and that the 9mm semiautomatic pistol remained the gun of choice among city criminals."
 

Australia: Port Arthur massacre video shocks dad
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"THE release of a graphic videotape of the aftermath of the Port Arthur massacre would shock survivors and the loved ones of those killed, a victim's father said."

"Wally Nash, whose 32-year-old son Peter died shielding his wife from gunman Martin Bryant, said he was stunned by reports a highly sensitive police tape depicting the massacre scene had been sold in a Hobart shop for 10 cents."

"Bryant was convicted of murdering 35 people in the massacre on April 28, 1996, and was jailed for life without parole."

"The 22-minute tape, marked as training footage for police use only, includes about 12 minutes of graphic scenes after the massacre, including images of bodies as they were found."
 

IN: Gun buy-back yields 291 weapons
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"Benjamin Hunter of the Indianapolis Police Department didn't care where the rifles, shotguns and pistols came from. All he cared about was that the 291 weapons collected today were out of people's homes and would be destroyed."

"A gun buy-back program today was the city's first since 2001, when 382 guns were collected, and came as part of a summer initiative to prevent injuries by firearms. While most acknowledge that gun buy-backs are not effective at deterring crime, safety advocates maintain that every little bit helps."

"In an assembly-like fashion in the 300 block of Fall Creek Parkway, more than a dozen police officers first checked to make sure the guns were unloaded before recording the serial number of each weapon."
 

CA: California passes two anti-gun bills... (Blog)
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"On the heels of the supernaturally-assisted passage of AB-50 (banning .50 caliber rifles), California has enacted a measure requiring ammunition vendors to collect information on those buying ammunition. ..."

"As if those two weren't enough, there are also reports that SB1140 passed; that's a Brady Campaign measure creating a misdemeanor offense for 'keeping a handgun where a person knows or reasonably should have known a child is likely to gain access to it', as well as what they call a 'wobbler' (some kind of sometimes-misdemeanor, sometimes-felony thing I think) for 'storage of a firearm in proximity to ammunition'." ...

"Yes, that's right. In order to buy ammunition in California, you are required to provide a fingerprint! And there are provisions for inspection of these records at any time (during normal business hours), by any employee of the District Attorney or the Department of Justice, which means no warrant is necessary."
 

Canada: Opponents of Ottawa's firearms registry go out of their way to get arrested. But the police pay them no attention
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"Ed Hudson, a 59-year-old veterinarian and gun enthusiast, can't get himself prosecuted for being an unlicensed owner of 50 unregistered guns, no matter what he does."

"He has been arrested three times and had two shotguns seized after pulling stunts where he practically begged the police to charge him under the Firearms Act."

"But the charges that were laid - having a weapon in a public place or obstructing a police officer (under the Criminal Code, not the firearms law) - were always dropped."

"Police did confiscate two of his long guns, and now are seeking destruction orders for them."
 

CT: PD seeks new weapons
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"Police are requesting new service weapons, after a series of mechanical malfunctions that have raised concerns about officers’ safety -- and the safety of the public."

"The department currently uses Smith & Wesson 9 mm handguns. But Police Chief Anthony J. Salvatore said those weapons are now nearly 17 years old. 'You’ve got to understand that we fire hundreds of rounds every year. And over 17 years that adds up to thousands of rounds.' "
 

VA: Writers who lack facts are dangerous (Letter)
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FULL TEXT BELOW:

The way you mealy mouthed around an apology is atrocious. The way you bend your words to mean whatever you want them to on a whim is shameful.

Say what you mean, and mean what you say. When you are wrong, just admit it, and you might gain some respect.

Because the pen is supposed to be mightier than the sword, everyone should be more scared of your "writers" than of law-abiding people carrying guns.

In case you forgot the facts, the law says the individuals carrying in an establishment that serves alcohol were required by law to do so.
 

IL: Hunter education class is five hours well-spent
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"How far can a one-ounce shotgun slug travel at sea level?"

"What’s the best way to cross a stream on an ATV?"

"What’s the first thing you should do after you know the deer you shot is dead and before you put your tag on it?"

"I didn’t know the answers to these questions — and several more — before completing the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ hunter education program earlier this month."

"The state requires that anyone born after Jan. 1, 1980, who wishes to hunt here must first pass the course."
 

VA: VCDL President debates Bob Ricker (open carry)
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This is an audio file featuring Phil Van Cleave as he debates Bob Ricker.

Well worth hearing.
 

Australia: Please return all those police guns
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"POLICE officer lost his pistol while on duty, only to have it returned by the mother of the suspects he was investigating."

"The case is among a series of incidents in which police weapons have been lost, misplaced or stolen."

"Most concerning for the service is that some weapons have gone missing from secure police station safes and are yet to be recovered." ...

"Internal reports obtained by The Sunday Mail detail all incidents where police weapons have gone missing over the past five years."

"In one case, a Pittsworth officer returned home to find his pistol missing from his holster in November 2000."
 

UK: Sniper fears over Highland shootings
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"POLICE were last night hunting a sniper in the Highlands after two apparently motiveless shootings within a few miles of each other."

"Three horses were shot at the weekend at a farm close to the scene of a shooting at a remote bungalow just two days earlier where a mother and her two children lay sleeping."

"Northern Constabulary has said it is keeping an open mind about whether the two could be linked. The shootings took place just eight miles from each other, raising fears a gunman could be on the prowl in the Highlands."
 

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